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Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 6:52pm On Jul 23, 2018
What do paper clips have to do with the Rapture? All whom God has raised together with Christ get to have life and life more abundant and also get to produce a harvest of good deeds for God. See Romans 7:4-

"So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God."

Understand the essence of God raising Christ from the dead. See this in Romans 4:25-"Who was delivered up because of our offences, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous."

The TPT puts it this way: "Jesus was handed over to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised back to life to prove that He had made us right with God!"

Christ's resurrection is the divine evidence that we have been made righteous forever and apart from works. Romans 3 says of God:

26 "...for He Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus. 27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law."

But God does not just leave us to continue to wallow in sins now that we have His gift of righteousness to us in Christ. Through the hearing of faith (not the law) He supplies us with His Spirit that transforms us to the image of His glory, from glory to glory. See Galatians 3:5 for how He supplies us with the Holy Spirit -

"Let me ask you again: What does the lavish supply of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the miracles of God’s tremendous power, have to do with you keeping religious laws? The Holy Spirit is poured out upon us through the revelation and power of faith, not by keeping the law!"

See the NLT: "I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ."

2 Corinthians 3:18 says: "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Salvation, even salvation from sins, is not at all about behaviour modification. It's not about suppressing sins by human effort. The arm of flesh will fail and when it does, the suppressed sinful urges will erupt into a volcano of sinful deeds that lead to death. Salvation in Christ is all about hearts' transformation by the Holy Spirit working in us; with time and only by Grace, what is on the outside will align with the work of the Holy Spirit within. Beware of religious people who reject the power of the Holy Spirit to transform the sinner who believes to right living but teach that we should rely on the arm of flesh that will fail in order to overcome sins and live right!

All believers are imperfect people standing in Christ's perfection and are being transformed by His Spirit. Our paths grow brighter and brighter like the morning sun. None of us have it all together by ourselves. Christ is our righteousness. In the words of Paul in Philippians 3:9, 12-13:

9 "and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith.

12 "I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

See the TPT: 12 "I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. 13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead."

None of us have arrived yet and we do not depend on our own strength to accomplish perfection. Whatever the level our imperfection, we all have one Person in common: the Lord Jesus Christ. For us, He is Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord our Righteousness.

This brings us to the different paper clips in the GIF. No matter how bent, rusty, twisted or straight each paper clip is, some of them have have one thing in common - a magnetic metal within. Some paper clips look straight and beautiful but have no magnetic metal within. Magnets cannot pull them out of the pile. Some look ugly, bent and rusty as if a person could get tetanus from touching them, but pass a magnet over them and they will jump out of the pile immediately.

For the believer in Christ, the magnetic metal within the paper clip is akin to God's gift of righteousness to us in Christ. We did not earn this gift by obeying the law or by being good and so cannot lose it when we sin or mess things up. Rather, Christ saves us from our sins as it is written of Him in Matthew 1:21- "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

If the Rapture should happen right now, every believer that has Christ as his/her righteousness will be transformed to our new body and caught up in the air with our Saviour Jesus Christ to be with Him forever. No matter the state of imperfection that the paper clip of their life is in- whether extremely rusty, plain, bent, red, pink, yellow, painted, encased in plastic or just ok, the magnet that is the Rapture will surely attract and pull up all who have received the "magnetic metal" of God's gift of righteousness to us in Christ. In the meantime, while we look forward to His glorious appearing, our Saviour Jesus Christ is doing His work in all that have been drawn to Him by our Heavenly Father:

"Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over Me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent Me is in charge. He draws people to Me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End."

He makes us ready for the End.

Once the believing is right, right living will follow


http://rightbelieving101.blogspot.com/2018/07/paper-clips-and-magnet-believers-and.html?m=1

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Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 7:12am On Jul 24, 2018
I see grace..
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by AlexRi(f): 9:00am On Jul 24, 2018
[quote author=jiggaz post=69640908]
Christ's resurrection is the divine evidence that we have been made righteous forever and apart from works. No truer words than these. Thank You Jesus for your righteouness that is now mine. I'm the righteouness of God in Christ Jesus and Oh! This is forever! Hallelujah to my Saviour and King. Your praise will forever be on my lips. Amen!
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by AlexRi(f): 9:09am On Jul 24, 2018
Jiggas, keep up the good work. Christ be praise.
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 9:59am On Jul 24, 2018
[quote author=AlexRi post=69653566][/quote]Amen!!
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 10:00am On Jul 24, 2018
AlexRi:
Jiggas, keep up the good work. Christ be praised.
Thank u dear. Amen!!
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 4:46pm On Jul 24, 2018
Lord Jesus
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by bloodofthelamb(m): 7:04pm On Jul 24, 2018
jiggaz:
I see grace..
I see love... The unfailing love of God
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 7:15pm On Jul 24, 2018
bloodofthelamb:


I see love... The unfailing love of God
Yes oo my bro.
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 6:08am On Jul 25, 2018
Lord Jesus
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 8:44pm On Jul 26, 2018
I see grace
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 6:55am On Jul 27, 2018
Lord Jesus
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 9:28pm On Jul 27, 2018
Lord Jesus i worship you...
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 10:33am On Jul 28, 2018
Lord Jesus
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 7:48am On Jul 29, 2018
Lord Jesus ....
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 11:33am On Jul 29, 2018
Christ in me
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 3:06pm On Jul 29, 2018
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 7:21pm On Jul 29, 2018
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Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 6:59am On Jul 30, 2018
Lord Jesus thank you for loving me unconditionally..
Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 10:36am On Aug 09, 2018
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Re: Paper Clips And A Magnet : Believers And The Rapture - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 7:59am On Mar 18
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